Sunshine Coast cleans up at environment awards
  • Friday 07 June 2013

Mayor Mark Jamieson has congratulated local people for their commitment to improving the region’s waterways following four big wins at the Healthy Waterways Awards.

Sunshine Coast community groups and a local volunteer won awards at the annual presentation.

“The Sunshine Coast was extremely well represented at the Awards this year, which shows the ongoing commitment our community has to the environment,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“All Sunshine Coast entrants have made significant contributions to improve and protect our waterways and are an inspiration for others to take action.

“These wonderful achievements will only strengthen the Sunshine Coast’s position in becoming the most sustainable region in Australia.”

Sunshine Coast winners in the 2013 Healthy Waterways Awards included:

  • Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation, Caring for Country on the Maroochy River (Indigenous Award)
  • Night Eyes Water and Landcare, Pumicestone Passage Catchment Care (Clean Up Award)
  • Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA), Noosa Ferry Company, Noosa Biosphere Ltd, and Tourism Noosa – Cruise Noosa Biosphere (Responsible Tourism Award)
  • Greg McKean, President Night Eyes Water and Landcare (Volunteer of the Year Award).

Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington said the Awards highlighted the wide range of environmental activities underway across the Coast.

“The Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation has been working on a number of projects in the Maroochy River including mangrove propagation, riverbank revegetation, wildlife surveys and weed control,” he said.

“Other successful initiatives included Cruise Noosa Biosphere, a collaboration of Noosa organisations promoting the high biodiversity of the Noosa River, and the litter collection in the Pumicestone Passage which involved a massive 300 volunteers.

“There are a great variety of community-driven projects aiming to improve waterways across the Sunshine Coast. I commend everyone involved.”